I received a proof of this wonderful book from the lovely Georgia Lawe and Curious Fox Books. This in no way affects my opinions or rating.
It is Clara who is desperate to enter the labyrinth and it is Clara who is bright, strong, and fearless enough to take on any challenge. It is no surprise when she is chosen. But so is the girl who has always lived in her shadow. Together they enter. Within minutes, they are torn apart forever. Now the girl who has never left the city walls must fight to survive in a living nightmare, where one false turn with who to trust means a certain dead end.
Information about the Book
Title: Children of Icarus
Authors: Caighlan Smith
Release Date: July 2016
Publisher: Curious Fox Books
This story has been compared to the Maze Runner and maybe there are some similarities but I think Children of Icarus more than holds its own against the competition, a truly unique book in its own rights. The story follows an unnamed protagonist, a meek teen who has no desire to be chosen as Icarii, one of the special children who enter the unknowns of the labyrinth in search of eternal life. That's Clara. Her best friend.
But when Clara prays for both of them to be chosen, her life becomes a nightmare.
I think what I loved most about Children of Icarus was the protagonist's journey. She not only learns to stand up for herself, she grows as a person, and it was a joy to witness. I was cheering for her the entire way through.
What I also loved was the setting. Smith didn't just create a fearsome labyrinth within which these teens have to survive, she steeped it in mythology, adding reason to every action, monster and twist. Despite the fantastical, the story seemed as real and believable as you or I. It was therefore not just a setting I became sucked into, one that conjured images of fear and bloodshed, but a setting that I learnt from and that fostered a yearning to know more about the mythology it was steeped in.
The supporting characters really helped to make the book also. No one was purely hero or villain, they all had their own reasons and motivations, even if some were selfish or not quite clear in this first of a series, and that made them all intriguing to follow, trying to guess their next move. They truly made a story where it was difficult to discern what was going to happen next, and who might survive, while the fact that our protagonist had no name pulled me even further into the story; as if I were fighting to survive instead.
All in all, Children of Icarus is a wonderful book. I recommend it to any fans of YA dystopia and award it a well deserved five stars!
Thanks for reading!